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Pärt and Mehta in Salzburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 05 August 2016

Arvo Pärt, Zubin Mehta (c) Universal Edition

Zubin Mehta and Arvo Pärt preparing for the performances of Swansong on August 6 and 7 at the Salzburg Festival. Mehta conducts the Vienna Philharmonic. 

Arvo Pärt at the Malta Arts Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 Juli 2016

Conductor Michael Laus, Arvo Pärt and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (c) Michael Pärt

Michael Laus and Arvo Pärt (c) Michael PärtConductor Michael Laus, Arvo Pärt and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra during the rehearsals for the Maltese première of Greater Antiphons, which will take place today at the Malta International Arts Festival. The piece for string orchestra will be performed together with other key works by the composer.

Our thanks to Michael Pärt and the Arvo Pärt Centre for the photographs!

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Arvo Pärt receives honorary degree from Oxford University

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 Juni 2016

Photo: Helen RitsOn 22 June, Arvo Pärt received an honorary degree in Music from Oxford University at the annual Encaenia ceremony.

Nine distinguished figures from the fields of theology, law, economics, architecture, film, science, engineering and music received honorary degrees at the ceremony held at the Sheldonian Theatre. 

These were Arvo Pärt, economist Paul Krugman, film director Pedro Almodóvar, architect Kazuyo Sejima, philosopher and theologian Tomáš Halík, Lord Johathan Mance, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, neurobiologist Cornelia Bargmann, physicist Mildred Dresselhaus and Sir Jonathan Ive, Chief Design Officer of Apple Inc.

Congratulations!

Find out more on the website of the Arvo Pärt Center

Pärt’s Greater Antiphons premièred in L.A.

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 Juni 2016

Arvo Pärt, Gustavo Dudamel (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Pärt’s orchestration is exceptional and delves subtly into colors within the limited palette, for instance using open strings and harmonics to create shining, single-note highlights. The performance was a good one, breathing and luminous. (Timothy Mangan, The Orange County Register, 29 May 2016)

Together with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel performed the world première of Arvo Pärt’s Greater Antiphons for string orchestraon 28 May at the Mozart & Pärt festival in Los Angeles.

Read Timothy Mangan’s full review in The Orange County Register.

4 out of 5 stars for “The Deer’s Cry”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 Februar 2016

Arvo Pärt: The Deer’s Cry

The Sixteen’s recording of Arvo Pärt’s The Deer’s Cry received 4 out of 5 stars from Fiona Maddocks. Read the full review on The Guardian.

Take a peek behind the scenes in The Sixteen’s promotional video:

5th year running: Arvo Pärt is the bachtrack’s most performed living composer

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 Januar 2016

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Find the 2015 Classical music statistics on bachtrack.

There’s also an infographic of 2015 available.

Pärt’s Te Deum in Helsinki

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 Dezember 2015

Teema@HelsinkiArvo Pärt’s Te Deum for 3 choirs, prepared piano, string orchestra and tapewill be performed on Friday, 18.12., at the Kallio Church in Helsinki by the Emo Ensemble and Kamus.

Find out more on the website of Teema@Helsinki.

Arvo Pärt at the reopening of the St Virgil's Chapel

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 Dezember 2015

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Arvo Pärt’s Kleine Litanei for mixed choir a cappella was premièred by Erwin Ortner and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir at yesterday’s reopening of the subterranean St Virgil's Chapel Wien Museum.

Here are snapshots of the composer at the rehearsals for Kleine Litanei and sitting next to the Austrian first lady Margit Fischer at the world première of the work at the St Virgil's Chapel.

The next chance to listen to Kleine Litanei will be at the Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk on 16 May.

 

Duse premières in Hamburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 Dezember 2015

Eleonora Duse, public domainDas Mystische, das, was fast nicht erklärbar ist, und der Entschluss, sich auf der Bühne nach einer gewissen Zeit nicht mehr zu schminken, das Innen nach Außen zu transformieren, die konsequente Reduktion von Dekoration auf der Bühne - das hat viel mit Arvo Pärt zu tun. (John Neumeier on Duse)

Alessandra Ferri dances the title role of John Neumeier’s new ballet Duse, which premières this Sunday at the Staatsoper Hamburg.

The ballet features music by Arvo Pärt and Benjamin Britten, Simon Hewett conducts the orchestra of the Staatsoper Hamburg.

Read a [German] interview with Neumeier on ndr

Presentation of Pärt’s Songs from Childhood

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 November 2015

On 21 October, the Arvo Pärt Centre together with Universal Edition presented Songs from Childhood at the Berlin Dussmann KulturKaufhaus in Berlin. Guests of honour were Arvo Pärt and Norbert Lammert.

We filmed the whole event, watch our video here:

Adam’s Passion on ARTE

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 September 2015

Adam’s Passion (c) Kristian Kruuser and Kaupo Kikkas

ARTE will broadcast Adam’s Passion this Sunday, 27 September 2015. The joint piece of Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson premièred earlier this year, on 12 May at the Noblessner Foundry in Tallinn.

Before Adam’s Passion, the The Lost Paradise will be shown, a 55-minute documentary that focuses on the preparation process of the piece. At the same time, The Lost Paradise offers a profound and intimate insight into Arvo Pärt’s world, following his life in Estonia and on business trips to Vatican and Japan over more than a year.

The broadcast starts at 23:25 CET/CEST.

Watch the live stream

Tétreault and Richard-Hamelin play Fratres

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 September 2015

ICI Musique presents a captivating video of cellist Stéphane Tétreault and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin as they perform Arvo Pärt’s Fratres – watch the video here:

You can read Frédéric Cardin’s article on Arvo Pärt’s 80th birthday on ICI Musique.

“week-end Arvo Pärt” in Paris

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 September 2015

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Yesterday, Arvo Pärt rehearsed chamber works with the string quartet of the Orchestre de Paris at La Philharmonie de Paris. The rehearsals continued into the night with the choeur de l'Orchestre and the Orchestre de Paris.

Paavo Järvi and the Orchestre de Paris will honour the composer on 19 and 20 September with their “week-end Arvo Pärt” at the Philharmonie 1. Find out more here:

week-end Arvo Pärt

Happy 80th Birthday Arvo Pärt

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 11 September 2015

Arvo Pärt (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

Arvo Pärt turns 80 today, 11 September – Universal Edition wishes him a very Happy Birthday!

We’ve recently talked to music journalist Michael Stallknecht, record producer Manfred Eicher, director Dorian Supin, conductors Tõnu Kaljuste and Paul Hillier, and others about Arvo Pärt and his music – the interviews are to be found on our MusikSalon.

It’s been an eventful year – if you want to get an overview of the many festivities, concerts, CD presentations etc., you might want to take a look at our #ArvoPart80 blog.

Arvo Pärt: Musica Selecta

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 10 September 2015

The video for ECM New Series’ “Arvo Pärt: Musica Selecta – A Sequence by Manfred Eicher” is out, you can watch it here: